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    Hello, could you help me to define the type of the sentence: <Why not to put more efforts in the paper?> And one more hing: cuold you tell me, where can I find some theoretical information on the syntactical role of phrasal verbs and that pf gerung?
    Thank you in advance. Inna

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    Hello, could you help me to define the type of the sentence: <Why not to put more efforts in the paper?> And one more hing: cuold you tell me, where can I find some theoretical information on the syntactical role of phrasal verbs and that pf gerung?
    Thank you in advance. Inna
    Hi Inna,

    The sentence you are asking about "Why not to put more efforts in the paper?" is really strange. I don't like using the terms "correct" and "incorrect", but no native English speaker would ever say that sentence. If you give us more context, I'm sure someone could help you rephrase it so it sounds more natural.

    I hope that helps.

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    Default Re: Can't define the type of sentence

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    Hello, could you help me to define the type of the sentence: <Why not to put more efforts in the paper?> And one more hing: cuold you tell me, where can I find some theoretical information on the syntactical role of phrasal verbs and that pf gerung?
    Thank you in advance. Inna
    "Why not put put more effort into the paper?" is a question. It means the same as:
    "Why don't you put more effort into the paper?"

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    Structurally it's a question, while in terms of the purpose of the utterance it's an imperative sentence.

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    Structurally it's a question, while in terms of the purpose of the utterance it's an imperative sentence.
    Yes, that's right. It would be in most circumstances, for example if a teacher said it. But that's not necessarily so.

    Friend A: I want to get a good mark this term.
    Friend B: Why not put more effort into your paper?

    This is not an imperative. It's a suggestion. Of course, you need to know whose classification of sentences you're using. And then it's not always clear.

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    Well, imperative sentences are not necessarily commands and orders. They may express a request, an invitation, a suggestion, persuasion, etc. The idea is that they convey the desire of the speaker to make someone perform an action. For example, 'Let's have some tea'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Well, imperative sentences are not necessarily commands and orders. They may express a request, an invitation, a suggestion, persuasion, etc. The idea is that they convey the desire of the speaker to make someone perform an action. For example, 'Let's have some tea'.
    I am not a teacher.

    I think this is not an imperative structurally though it may have imperative mood in its meaning. It is introduced by a "why" to give the other person a suggestion to do something. Generally speaking, the imperative should start with a verb just like "Let's have some tea".

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyzhen View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    I think this is not an imperative structurally though it may have imperative mood in its meaning. It is introduced by a "why" to give the other person a suggestion to do something. Generally speaking, the imperative should start with a verb just like "Let's have some tea".
    Only finite forms have the mood category. Infinitives do not have mood. So there is no mood in 'Why not put more efforts ...?', but there is an imperative meaning in this sentence though it is a question by form. But if it were a question by meaning, it would be asking for information or confirmation, and it does not. It induces another person to perform an action. So what's the communicative aim of the sentence?

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